Good luck getting through The Case Against 8 with dry eyes. The fate of California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban gay marriage, is part of the public record, but the documentary generates emotion and suspense through the diverse personalities involved and the twists the case took on its way to the Supreme Court. Two couples put a face on the opposition by signing on as plaintiffs, but the most compelling partnership develops between David Boies and Ted Olson, the attorneys behind Bush v. Gore. Their bipartisan approach represents one of the more brilliant strategies in the history of American jurisprudence. (KATHY FENNESSY)

The Case Against 8 plays tonight at the Harvard Exit at 6:30 pm.

Our other recommended SIFF films for the day are Tom at the Farm, The Skeleton Twins, Monsoon Shootout, and Ida.